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Forward Pinellas approves “complete streets” program

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Forward Pinellas board members approved a “complete streets” program Wednesday and a pilot project to show how it will work. The pilot project will focus on West Bay Drive between the Clearwater-Largo Road and the bridge leading from Belleair Bluffs to the beaches. The goal will be to develop a concept that would eventually transform that stretch of road from one inhospitable to pedestrians and bicyclists into one that’s safe and inviting for cars, pedestrians, bicycles and other forms of…

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Regionalism is bar to transportation accessibility, Forward Pinellas director says

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Contrary to popular belief, Pinellas is not a “built out” county but one that has plenty of room for growth, according to one local transportation expert. “We have a lot of capacity for redevelopment,” Whit Blanton told the audience at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club on Friday. Blanton is executive director of Forward Pinellas, the new name for the organization formed by the merger of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Pinellas Planning Council. Pinellas has the potential to add…

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Water transport seen as solution to traffic congestion on Pinellas beaches

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It’s probably no surprise to anyone who has ever driven along Gulf Boulevard that traffic congestion is seen as a major problem on Pinellas’ beaches. Traffic congestion, especially on the weekends and during tourist season, has been a long-standing issue for the beach communities and has had officials often scratching their heads in a search for a solution. But recently, the search has drifted away from the roadways to the water, specifically the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. The idea of waterborne…

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Pinellas County MPO backs St. Pete bike share

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The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization is backing St. Pete’s initiative to implement a bike share program in and around downtown. But they’re doing so with some caveats. In an update penned by MPO executive director Whit Blanton, the board spent an hour and a half hearing from St. Pete’s director of transportation Evan Mory, Coast Bike Share’s Eric Trull and a member of its own staff, Rodney Chatman about the plan. That also included a robust discussion among the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.12.15 — Does the DNC want anyone to watch their debates?

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Overnight returns give Fox Business Network’s prime-time GOP presidential debate showing a 8.9 rating among households and 13.5 million viewers in prime-time. That’s just shy of the 9.5 rating and 14 million viewers earned by CNBC’s recent coverage for the third. And while it’s not nearly as large as the gaudy ratings numbers that Fox and CNN reaped this summer (24 million and 23 million. respectively), it should be noted that the Fox Business Network is in a lot less…

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Tampa citizens not done expressing themselves to Hillsborough MPO on TBX project

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Last month, hundreds of concerned Tampa residents pleaded for the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to reject the Florida Department of Transportation’s plans to expand I-275 by adding toll lanes that would cut through part of the city. Despite their pleas, only one MPO member (Guido Maniscalco) sided with the public. The multi-billion plan would add tolled express lanes from the Gateway area of St. Petersburg to Bearss Avenue. The lanes would give extra capacity for cars whose drivers were willing to pay a…

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New Pinellas County crash data: teen drivers, pedestrian and bicycle accidents draw concern

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Pinellas County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) reviewed the area’s newly released 2014 Crash Data Report during their July 8 regular meeting. The report examines crash data between 2011 and 2013, with the compilers having taken 2014 to organize and make sense of the statistics. Data from car, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian- related crashes were recorded. Like life, the report entertains both the good and the bad. The Good Total Pinellas County fatalities dropped 35 percent over the three-year span, despite…

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